Managing Principal, Architecture | Phoenix, AZ, USA

Melissa Farling is the managing principal of our architecture studio in Phoenix. During her 28-year career, she’s followed her passions: architecture and psychology, researching the impact of architecture on people. An advocate for the industry, Melissa is drawn to justice design, with an innate mission to correct and rehabilitate, and provide a balance between security and dignity for inhabitants of these facilities. As co-chair of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) Research Committee (2006 to 2016) she co-organized and co-led the first series of criminal justice neuroscience-architecture workshops. 

Outside of work, Melissa enjoys spending time with friends and family, architectural tours and cooking, especially old family recipes.